How It All Began

David Forrester was a house framer, having made over 300 houses in Calgary, Alberta. He built them at all times of the year in the high heat, bitter cold and June rains.

Using air, hand and electric tools, he and hundreds of tradesmen were frustrated to anger at cords coming apart. Air tools don’t come apart from their 120 psi lines, but not only do electrical cords come un-plugged, but they corrode, arc, have power losses and bust up last at most about 6 months. Keeping a ready supply of a dozen Hubbel replacements was par for the course.

qwiklok tools hanging from raftersBut what is worse, was that unknown at the time, was that the poor connections also caused a heavy resistance, thus power loss in the system. This resulted in 2 expense Super Saw-Cats burning out and 2 - 2hp Brooks electric compressor motors burning out as well. Could not figure out why?

One day, while finishing up a roof, the saw started to slide downwards. He reached for the cord, missed it, then grabbed the extension cord, and of course the saw pulled out and fell to the ground breaking the angle adjustment bracket.

On the way to the repair shop, mumbling at the absurdity and down-time losses he was going through, he wondered, why is it that Americans can send a man to the moon, even blow up an Apollo Service module and get these guys back home safely, yet can’t keep a cottin-pickin cord together - this doesn’t make sense.

So, armed with a few sheets of paper, and a late night at the restaurant until he got the nod to leave, he listed all of the the problems with plu-in connectors, with some solutions for each. Over a period of time, he designed 15 approaches to solving the problem. He has the ability to draw out a 3D solution, then see the new product in his mind and turn it around and over, zoom in, zoom out and ‘experience’ the product before it is even designed on paper or CAD

3 years went by, while he sought advice, brainstorming and sketched many drawings - mostly during the lunch or breaks while resting. Working on the job-site also refined the objective with crystal clear answers.

The sliding collar idea was adopted very early on. Sliding collars are common place in hydraulic and air hose connections - so this was a no-brainer approach. Sliders, levers and buttons simply don’t cut it.

The locking mechanism was the tricky part - nothing worked for the demands he placed on the objective. On the 11th try, he decided to make use of the plug prong holes as the best solution possible that was the most reliable to work in all conditions. The plug prong holes are at a standard distance from the face of the plug - or should be. That was a constant and 99.99% of the plugs have these holes. Getting a hook or a pin into them automatically and reliably took some serious thinking and many drawings were made up. Finally by the 15 th design, he had it worked out.

The discarded designs, strangely enough are being used by some today. It is no surprise they do not work very well - he saw that long ago.

The Qwik Lok was specifically designed to be an all encompassing solution to the 6 major downsides of connectors: Disconnections, bare wires, poor conductivity and continuity, durability in both hot and cold, arcing and burnouts, corrosion and terminal failure.

The Qwik Lok was designed to set a new standard, a simple but reliable, perfect product that works incredibly well. It never comes un-plugged.

This modular product can now be used in other variations for tri-taps, power boxes, both heavy and light duty applications. It is a good, very good product. The best anywhere.